Austin Pets Alive! | We Want Authorities Animal Providers That Work

Oct 06, 2021

There may be in the future left earlier than we all know whether or not town council has taken motion on our APA! Resolution by including it to the subsequent metropolis council assembly agenda.

What retains rising to the highest of criticism of our decision from council places of work is that they don’t perceive why Austin Pets Alive! must be allowed to assist communities outdoors of the better Austin metro space. They see and listen to about animals having lengthy lengths of keep at Austin Animal Heart(AAC) and the kennels being overcrowded there. Some imagine that Austin Pets Alive!’s main perform, along with retaining Austin a No Kill Metropolis, must be to alleviate the stress at Austin Animal Heart for town workers. Some additionally imagine that Austin Pets Alive!’s follow of serving to animals outdoors of Austin is definitely inflicting the overcrowding at Austin Animal Heart.

The issue with this line of pondering is that “relieving stress” just isn’t one thing the Metropolis of Austin compensates APA! to do neither is it consistent with our mission. APA! has used the City Lake Animal Heart for the final 10 years to maintain Austin No Kill by pulling animals from Austin Animal Heart who will die if we don’t. Town council has awarded Austin Animal Heart with sufficient funding to alleviate their very own stress.

So then why is Austin Animal Heart continuously crowded?

It’s as a result of Austin metropolis management has given little credence to analysis and information that clearly reveals that Austin has, and has at all times had, greater than sufficient adopters to soak up each single animal at Austin Animal Heart AND to undertake each single animal that will get assist from APA!, Austin Humane Society and the tons of of rescue teams who absorb animals from throughout the state.

We imagine that the rationale that credence just isn’t given is that it’s a lot simpler to say “there are usually not sufficient adopters,” which suggests that rising adoptions is outdoors the management of the shelter director and reinforces poor efficiency.

We imagine it’s incumbent on us as shelter professionals, and we embody Austin Animal Heart management in that, to take a look at information when making any resolution. We thought, however now understand we is likely to be improper, that town supervisor and town council additionally used information to drive selections. If AAC management, and metropolis council members, did that, they might be capable to say “I see an issue with too many animals dwelling at AAC at one time” after which join that to the considered “what can I do to make this higher”. Now we have mentioned it earlier than but it surely’s value repeating: adoptions don’t simply occur. They’re the results of sources, time, and strategic planning to make sure that the animals housed at AAC are getting alternatives to fulfill folks and to be seen.

To place it in perspective, during the last 5 years, town has elevated Austin Animal Heart’s price range by $1M per 12 months. Tellingly, each single class of programming has benefited from that elevated funding EXCEPT “Pet Placement/ Pet Outcomes” which really fell by 30% in budgeted monies. Why isn’t anybody in management, at any stage, analyzing and correcting that as a substitute of strongarming APA! into making up for it?

Austin Pets Alive! has by no means been thinking about being the Metropolis of Austin’s “overflow” for a system that lacks oversight, lacks important pondering, and continues to make poor selections and we’re standing by our mission to save lots of lives.

As particular person residents and as a personal nonprofit, now we have requested and requested for the federal government animal shelter to be run effectively as a result of it’s critically necessary to Austin’s animals and to APA!. That has not labored. We hope this closing try and get up our metropolis council will work and we, in partnership with the Metropolis of Austin, can lastly deal with ahead momentum. To maintain the assist robust via this closing day of metropolis council consideration, please keep emailing to specific your assist for the APA! decision.

Even when you have already got despatched an e-mail, we have to hold the message high of thoughts. Thanks!

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